Magma Tower produces some of the largest lava type motion display lamps in the world. The model MT-270L stands 7 feet tall, with a 12.5 inch diameter and contains over 23 gallons of water. A smaller version, the MT-200L is almost 6 feet tall with a 7.5 inch diameter. Several custom designed applications have been produced with others under current development. They vary from casinos and nightclubs to cruise ships and hospitals.
The existing product line is the result of over four years of research by owner Louie Finkle. Realizing the difficulty and cost of transporting a product of this size filled with its ingredients, he initially attempted to acquire the ingredients from existing manufactures. When this proved to be futile he started the development of his own formula. It took several years of testing different ingredients. The end result allows an empty lamp to be shipped to its location then, to become operational, simply fill with distilled water mixed with the supplied formula.
While basic in principle the exact chemical combinations along with proper heat regulation are actually quite complex. Initially, a heating coil warms the liquid up to the required temperature. Flood lamps provide focused heat to an oil based wax mixture located at the bottom of liquid. When the wax reaches the proper temperature it becomes lighter than the liquid and rises upward through its surroundings. As the wax raises it cools until its density becomes heavier than the surrounding liquid causing it to sink slowly back to the bottom. The cycle continues with a mesmerizing display of uniquely shaped wax formations.
The system is regulated by a patented electronic temperature control. The microprocessor based circuitry automatically compensates for water and ambient temperature changes and heats the wax to the exact operating level required for proper operation.